King James' School

Relationship & Sex Education

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is delivered in an integrated way through several areas of the curriculum across Key Stages 3 and 4. We aim to offer balanced, factual information and to acknowledge the moral and ethical issues involved.

Within Science in Year 7 we teach students the biological basis of human reproduction. In later years we cover other aspects of sex education in the Personal, Social and Health Education programme, and in Science and Religious Studies lessons. This includes work on human development, sexually transmitted infections, contraception, relationships and sexual behaviour. In Year 10 all students undertake a specific module on RSE in their PSHCEE lessons.

As part of the Science National Curriculum, all students must be taught factual material on human reproduction. Parents have a right to withdraw their children from lessons dealing with the following topics: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS); any other sexually transmitted infections; aspects of human sexual behaviour apart from biological information.

If required, extra support and guidance can be provided to individual students and parents by our school nurse.